Dawson Creek – Mile 0 of the Alaska Highway
We got back from our vacation in Dawson Creek, B.C. at the end of July. Dawson Creek is a town in northeast B.C. Near Alberta’s western boundary, it is Mile 0 of the Alaska Highway. Our daughter’s family moved there some months ago, and this was our second visit (the first was this winter/spring).
One of the things hubby and I like to do every day at home or on holiday is walk. Though I explored part of the Dawson Trail earlier in the snow, my broken hip brought an end to that. Now that I’m walking again and it’s summer, I was able to explore the full length of this trail that follows Dawson Creek’s meander through town.
Part of the trail is lined with granite boulders onto which poems have been engraved. I found eight of these. All the poems are tanka, celebrating the seasons, flowers, birds and critters of the area.
I’m posting four of these today and will do the next four in another post soon. I hope you enjoy this taste of the four seasons of northeast B.C.
Tanka stone on the Dawson Trail
I wish I knew who wrote these delightful poems. If I find out, I will certainly give credit.
Poetry authored by Donna Kane, Marilyn Belak, Megan Kane, and Rebekah Rempel. A big thanks to reader Donna Smith who unearthed this document (p. 17) with the information about the poetry stones and their authors.
This post is linked to Poetry Friday, hosted today by
Robyn Hood Black at Life on the Deckle Edge.
Oops, change of plans. Robyn is injured and so that Poetry Friday doesn’t have to go missing, Irene Latham at Live Your Poem has taken up the slack. Thank you, Irene!